This bridge retains excellent historic integrity and is an uncommon combination of structure types. It features a t-beam approach span at each end of the bridge with a riveted through plate girder main span. The t-beam spans have concrete paneled railings. The plate girder span suffers from areas of 100% section loss on the girder web, although the overall structure remains in decent condition.
Information and Findings From Pennsylvania's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The B&LE's Filer Overhead Bridge is a simply supported span consisting of a built-up thru girder main span over the tracks, flanked by 2 reinforced concrete T beam approach spans. The bridge is supported on a concrete substructures of spill thru abutments and concrete column and cap beam bents with crash walls. The T beam spans have flat paneled concrete parapets, while the thru girder span has knee braces and built-up members and floorbeams. The bridge is neither historically or technologically significant, combining 2 common technologies. The B&LE is not considered historically significant.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road on a vertical profile over 2 active B&LE RR tracks and a private road in an agricultural setting north of Grove City. The B&LE was a subsidiary of US Steel, and was used to connect the steel making regions of the Pittsburgh district with the ore docks and shipping facilities along Lake Erie.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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